Stand in Unity, a candlelight vigil to honor the nine victims. The idea for the vigil came from Doug Barrett, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, who had heard his students speak of their pain, grief and confusion after hearing the news of the shooting. He suggested a community gathering at which students, faculty, staff and community members could share their feelings and honor those who had lost their lives.On August 17, 2015, one month to the day after the shootings in Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., UAB hosted
Barrett, as well as Dr. Kathryn Morgan, Director of the African American Studies program; Jared Ragland in the Department of Art and Art History; and Lisa Becker, Director of the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA); planned a program at AEIVA that featured nine undergraduates who spoke about each victim and lit a candle in their honor. Dr. Morgan gave remarks and Dr. Paul Mosteller, Professor in the Department of Music, sang "Amazing Grace." The Rev. Mashod Evans, pastor of St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham, prayed and shared words of encouragement.
After lighting their own candles from those honoring the nine victims, the crowd then extinguished their lights and signed the guest book. At the conclusion of the event, everyone was invited to tour the "The Freedom Exhibition: Two Countries One Struggle," the exhibit presented by the City of Birmingham in partnership with AEIVA. The exhibit featured the photojournalism of Spider Martin, who documented the Civil Rights movement in Alabama, and Peter Magubane, who highlighted the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.
"It is important that we listen to our students and respond to their needs, and I am proud of the work of my colleagues," says Dr. Robert E. Palazzo, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "Stand in Unity is an example of the meaningful collaborations that happen every day at UAB, as well as how people from diverse backgrounds can share experiences that foster community and mutual understanding. Our departments, programs and institutes, including the Institute for Human Rights, are here to serve our campus and city and provide ways to learn from each other about what it means to be human."
This video presentation features photographs by Jared Ragland and video by Jared Bash of UAB Digital Media.
On August 17, 2015, one month to the day after the shootings in Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., UAB hosted Stand in Unity, a candlelight vigil to honor the nine victims.
Once a month, the Department of English hosts BookTalk. The informal discussions, led by department faculty, are open to the public and will meet from 6-7 p.m. in Mervyn Sterne Library.
Award-winning journalist Dr. Pamela Newkirk, professor in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, will give a free lecture on Friday, September 18, hosted by the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of History and the UAB Institute for Human Rights.Award-winning journalist Dr. Pamela Newkirk, professor in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, will give a free lecture on Friday, September 18, hosted by the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of History and the UAB Institute for Human Rights.
Dr. Newkirk’s latest book is entitled, “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga,” and it recounts the story of a young Congolese man who was captured in the early 20th century by Samuel Phillips Verner. Benga, whose name was approximated by his captors, was brought back to be displayed, like an animal, at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The diminutive Benga was presented as an “African Pygmy” and was one of 10,000 people exhibited at that year’s fair. Eventually, Benga was placed in the Primate House of the New York Zoological Gardens, where he was held captive for 20 days.
In researching her book, Dr. Newkirk painstakingly investigated the details of the case, exposing the real story that was long buried by those who benefited from Benga’s capture and imprisonment. She also examined the racist propaganda of the era and illustrates how Benga was advertised to visitors as sub-human, a view of native people that was in keeping with America’s expansionist vision of the time.
Dr. Newkirk will speak at 1:30 p.m. in Heritage Hall Room 102. The event is free to the public. A book signing and a reception will follow the lecture. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.